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Photos from construction of new bow section for Heesen motor yacht SEVEN SINS at Balk Shipyard

July 23, 2014

Balk Shipyard has released the photos from the construction of the new bow section for the 41m Heesen charter yacht Seven Sins, as part of her major extension. When re-launched, luxury motor yacht Seven Sins will also comply with LY3 regulations.

New bow section for the 41m Heesen charter yacht Seven Sins

New bow section for the 41m Heesen charter yacht Seven Sins - Image credit to Balk Shipyard

New bow section for superyacht Seven Sins under construction

New bow section for superyacht Seven Sins under construction - Image credit to Balk Shipyard

Balk Shipyard working on new bow section for motor yacht Seven Sins

Balk Shipyard working on new bow section for motor yacht Seven Sins - Image credit to Balk Shipyard

Construction of new bow section for Seven Sins superyacht

Construction of new bow section for Seven Sins superyacht - Image credit to Balk Shipyard


Greece Yacht Charters aboard 54m (178’) Luxury Yacht STARFIRE

July 22, 2014

Greece, located in the Eastern Mediterranean is amongst the most popular and one of the most beautiful destinations to visit during the Mediterranean summer. Undoubtedly, the best way to discover its treasures is by embarking on a Greece yacht charter. The 54m (178’) luxury yacht STARFIRE is an excellent choice and a fantastic vessel when it comes to Greece yacht holidays with friends and family. She is currently available for yacht rental, offering accommodation to 12 charter guests in 6 luxury cabins.

Yacht STARFIRE -  Main

Yacht STARFIRE - Main

Greece luxury charter yacht STARFIRE offers exquisite interior and exterior spaces, furnished with lovely custom furniture and matched with a collection of luxurious fabrics. Starfire is equipped with the latest and most advanced communication systems, including a new Ku Band satellite, enabling full worldwide communication both docked and at sea. The system also provides high-speed wireless interned access anywhere and at anytime.

Yacht STARFIRE -  Sundeck Dining

Yacht STARFIRE - Sundeck Dining

Comfortable accommodation is provided in one master suite with a king-sized bed and an en suite bathroom, with a spa pool bath tub, shower and head. There are two additional guest cabins with twin beds and Pullman bunk, both with en suite bathrooms with shower and head. The two double cabins offer queen-sized beds and en suite shower and head. The sixth cabin boasts a large king-sized bed, an en suite bathroom with a bath tub, shower and a head.

Superyacht STARFIRE - Main Deck Dining

Superyacht STARFIRE - Main Deck Dining

STARFIRE yacht is fully air-conditioned through out and is managed by a vibrant and friendly crew of 12, with a separate companionway and accommodation.

Yacht STARFIRE -  Spa

Yacht STARFIRE - Spa

Luxury yacht STARFIRE Sundeck Massage and Sauna

Luxury yacht STARFIRE Sundeck Massage and Sauna

Top Ten Anchorages for the perfect Greece yacht vacation

Greece and its islands provide some of the Mediterranean’s best anchorages, enchanting all those who tour the area. With beautiful beaches, striking cliffs and azure waters, the area is a wonderful place to visit.

Greece also benefits from some of the world’s most fascinating ancient architecture and ruins, along with a healthy and delicious cuisine and a range of tempting liquors. When chartering Motor Yacht Starfire, a 178′ superyacht with decadent amenities, Captain Sputh will always secure a great anchorage to make your stay is as enjoyable as it can be.

CORFU

Start at Corfu, where the crystal clear waters of the Ionian Sea lap gently against the island’s edge. Be sure to sail around as far as the Vlacheraina monastery, sticking out in the sea from the main island and with plenty of room for yachts to dock.

Corfu - Greece

Corfu - Greece

ARGOSTOLION

Visit Kefalonia next and the delightful town of Argostolion. Take a tour of St George’s Castle, pop in to the fascinating Archaeological Museum of Argostoli and go turtle spotting at the Koutavos Lagoon, which is a feeding ground for loggerhead sea turtles.

Argostolion - Greece

Argostolion - Greece

DELOS

Move on to Delos next – one of Greece’s most important historical sites. Visit the extensive excavations and lose yourself in the imaginings of life in Ancient Greece. The House of Dionysos and the Terrace of the Lions are absolutely essential viewing.

Delos - Greece

Delos - Greece

MYKONOS

At Mykonos, drop anchor and delight in a day spent splashing in the clear waters and soaking up the sun on the pale golden sand, in the view of gently sloping hillsides dotted with bright white houses. Enjoy the feeling of true relaxation, Greek-style.

Mykonos in Greece

Mykonos in Greece

PAROS

The less touristy island of Paros makes a great contrast to Mykonos. Enjoy more isolated and beachscapes and feast in tiny local cafes and restaurants to experience Greek island life at its best.

Paros in Greece

Paros in Greece

NAXOS

At Naxos, take in the sites of Apollo’s Temple and the Temple of Demeter in the morning, before spending the afternoon deciding which of the delightful beaches that surround the town of Chora is worth of an afternoon’s sun-worshipping.

Naxos in Greece

Naxos in Greece

IOS

Head to the port of Ios next for a day of gentle wandering around the delightful town, before spending the evening (and much of the night) enjoying the island’s well-deserved reputation for providing some of the most entertaining nightlife in Greece.

Ios - Greece

Ios - Greece

SANTORINI

The beautiful island of Santorini provides some of the most picturesque views of all the Greek islands. The rugged, volcanic landscape is fascinating to approach, while the main town of Fira, with its narrow streets and countless historical treats, is a delightful place to explore on foot.

Santorini in Greece

Santorini in Greece

ASTYPALEA

For pure beach enjoyment, visit Astipalea next. Sail around the island to admire the sand spit that connects two of its sections of land, then drop anchor and enjoy some of the Mediterranean’s finest offerings in terms of sea and sand.

Astipalea - Greece

Astipalea - Greece

PATMOS

End your Greek island tour at Patmos, where the Castle of Patmos and the Cave of the Apocalypse offer fascinating historical insights. In the afternoon, find one of the island’s secluded bays for a final spot of swimming and sunbathing.

Motor Yacht Starfire cruising the Mediterranean

Motor Yacht Starfire cruising the Mediterranean

For more information about Greece luxury charter yacht STARFIRE and your personalised itinerary, please contact our charter brokers here.

Dun Laoghaire Marina in Ireland welcomes two luxury superyachts

July 22, 2014

This summer saw Dun Laoghaire Marina, a beautiful Ireland yacht charter location, host two majestic superyachts, including the 46m luxury yacht Christopher and the 28m sailing yacht First Light (ex Cabochon). The fabulous Five Gold Anchor rated Dun Laoghaire Marina is located in the historic harbour of Dun Laoghaire, positioned on the southern shore of Dublin Bay.

46m Pendennis superyacht Christopher in Dun Laoghaire Marina, a fabulous Ireland yacht holiday destination

46m Pendennis superyacht Christopher in Dun Laoghaire Marina, a fabulous Ireland yacht holiday destination

Beautifully penned by renowned Ron Holland, the outstanding 46m Pendennis sailing yacht Christopher, launched at the end of 2010, represents the largest superyacht that has ever visited the marina in the 155 years of the harbour’s history. Owner, family and crew enjoyed being located on the door-step to Ireland’s capital city and all the cultural attractions that Dublin has to offer.

28m luxury yacht First Light

28m Ta Chiou Chou luxury yacht First Light in Dun Laoghaire Marina in Ireland

Following Christopher yacht’s departure, Dun Laoghaire Marina welcomed the 28m superyacht First Light (ex Cabochon). Being berthed so close to a major capital city has proved to be a huge attraction for the vessel’s owner and crew.  Ideal for extensive long distance cruises, First Light is a majestic 92-foot pilothouse sloop, built by Ta Chiou Chou to a design by Fontaine Design Group in 2006.

New Palmer Johnson 48M SuperSport Yacht unveiled for the first time

July 22, 2014

The prestigious US shipyard, Palmer Johnson, has recently unveiled their next generation 48M SuperSport yacht for the first time. The striking 48M SuperSport motor yacht Palmer Johnson 48/01 boasts beautiful design and advanced technology.

New Palmer Johnson 48M SuperSport superyacht leaving her shed

New Palmer Johnson 48M SuperSport superyacht leaving her shed - Image credit to Palmer Johnson Yachts

Luxury yacht 48M SuperSport represents the largest carbon composite superyacht ever built. She features stunning gold hull with black superstructure.

Luxury motor yacht Palmer Johnson 48/01

Luxury motor yacht Palmer Johnson 48/01 - Image credit to Palmer Johnson Yachts

Revolutionary hull design gives Palmer Johnson 48M SuperSport superyacht a 32 knot top speed – yet 50% more fuel efficient than any other yacht.

Superyacht Palmer Johnson 48701

Superyacht Palmer Johnson 48701 - Image credit to Palmer Johnson Yachts

Palmer Johnson 48M SuperSport yacht features an impressive 11-metre beam, which means three times more stability and 30% more interior space.

New Palmer Johnson 48M SuperSport Yacht leaving her shed

New Palmer Johnson 48M SuperSport Yacht leaving her shed - Image credit to Palmer Johnson Yachts

A transformational leap in design and performance – A new dawn for yachting.

Below is a gallery for the outstanding charter yachts built by Palmer Johnson.

Photos and video from launch of Logica 147/01 motor yacht ‘My Logica’

July 21, 2014

The brand new Logica 147/01 motor yacht ‘My Logica’ is a striking 45-metre vessel, launched by the new Viareggio-based shipyard LOGICA Yachts on May 21, 2014. Superbly penned by Luca Brenta, superyacht ‘My Logica’ can comfortably sleep up to 12 guests in 6 beautifully appointed cabins, including a master suite, three VIP and two Guest cabins. Below are the photos and video from the launch of this beauty, released by LOGICA Yachts.

Launch of LOGICA 147/01 superyacht 'My Logica'

Launch of LOGICA 147/01 superyacht 'My Logica' - Image credit to LOGICA Yachts

45m superyacht My Logica at launch

45m superyacht My Logica at launch - Image credit to LOGICA Yachts

Luxury yacht My Logica ready to hit the water

Luxury yacht My Logica ready to hit the water - Image credit to LOGICA Yachts

My Logica superyacht - side view

My Logica superyacht - side view - Image credit to LOGICA Yachts

Luxury motor yacht My Logica on the water

Luxury motor yacht My Logica on the water - Image credit to LOGICA Yachts

ADMIRAL delivers 35m luxury yacht FOAM

July 19, 2014

The well known Italian luxury yacht builder, ADMIRAL is proud to announce that its custom series Classique 35 luxury yacht FOAM has been successfully delivered at Italian Sea Group. Superyacht FOAM represents a 35 meter full displacement motoryacht, featuring a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. She was fully customised by the owner and designed by the in house design team of The Italian Sea Group, the ‘Centro Stile’.

Superyacht FOAM

Superyacht FOAM

The yacht FOAM boasts a traditional design, which is modern at the same time, while she also features a raised pilot house; she is truly a much modern concept of the more traditional “navetta”.

Luxury motor yacht FOAM

Luxury motor yacht FOAM

The grey hull creates an elegant contrast with the white superstructure, which together with the wide windows on the main deck, deliver a sleek design to the external profile.

FOAM yacht by ADMIRAL

FOAM yacht by ADMIRAL

At mid ship, where the main saloon of the luxury super yacht FOAM finds place, the structural bulkwark gets lower to deck level to leave space to a panoramic balcony which is obtained within the side passages. This area also features full headroom windows which give natural light to the interiors.

Motor Yacht FOAM

Motor Yacht FOAM

The sun deck is between the largest within this size, as well as the aft beach club.

ADMIRAL superyacht FOAM

ADMIRAL superyacht FOAM

The bespoke interior furniture aboard motor yacht FOAM is handcrafted with large use of precious materials, such as different kinds of leather, fine joinery and stainless steel details, which have been designed by the in house ‘Centro Stile’ following the owner’s requests and taste.

Motor Yacht FOAM by Admiral

Motor Yacht FOAM by Admiral

The yacht features three guest cabins, one of which is a large VIP, as well as a full beam master suite, with double access, all located on the lower deck.

Superyacht FOAM - Saloon

Superyacht FOAM - Saloon

The crew area is divided between the main and the lower deck, with the galley and crew mess located forward on the main deck with dedicate access from the side passages and the three crew cabins, including the captain cabin, located on the lower deck of FOAM yacht.

Luxury yacht FOAM - Interior

Luxury yacht FOAM - Interior

Classique 35 Yacht FOAM

Classique 35 Yacht FOAM

Motor Yacht VOLPINI (ex Larissa) re-launched by AMELS

July 19, 2014

Following an extensive winter refit at AMELS in the Netherlands, luxury motor yacht VOLPINI (ex Larissa) returned to the popular luxury yacht destination, the Mediterranean and her new owner is enjoying the beautiful as-new AMELS superyacht. AMELS successfully achieved its fundamental mission – nothing short of a rebirth while ensuring the integrity of VOLPINI superyacht’s original character.

Motor Yacht VOLPINI (ex Larissa) reborn at AMELS

Motor Yacht VOLPINI (ex Larissa) reborn at AMELS

Owner Representative Ben Young of SYM oversaw the project on the 49.30-metre superyacht VOLPINI (ex Larissa), originally delivered by AMELS in 2004. “After months of consultations with leading designers and a review of proposals from refit yards around the world, the decision was taken to return the yacht to Holland and back into the careful hands of the AMELS team.”

He says the reason the new owner chose AMELS for the refit was to ensure the continuity of the same standard carried out throughout. “We wanted it to look seamless, so you don’t notice it’s had the refit. The team did a fantastic job. I would strongly recommend to anyone with a yacht of that quality to return back to the shipyard that built her to ensure absolute consistency and maintain the integrity of the yacht.”

Super yacht VOLPINI reborn at AMELS

Super yacht VOLPINI reborn at AMELS

Original builder

The scope of work included a full repaint, interior customisation, machinery and electronics upgrades. AMELS treats repaints with as much attention to detail as new builds – with the same spectacular results. “We go all the way back and start with primer,” explains AMELS Refit Project Manager Frank van Loo. “Doors, hatches, everything comes off.”

The interior upgrades enjoyed the same focus on quality, notes VOLPINI yacht’s Captain Nathan McFadyen. “The owner wanted it to look exactly as it looked ten years ago when it was brought out. We had some woodwork done in France prior to coming here and they couldn’t match the wood at all.” As the original builder, AMELS was in the perfect position to ensure the best finish, calling in original interior co-maker Metrica. The results, Captain McFadyen says, is perfect. “It’s absolutely fantastic.”

During her stay at AMELS, VOLPINI  superyacht also underwent a 10-year class survey – something that Captain McFadyen was also pleased about. “The AMELS guys and the project managers helped us so much in organising that. It takes a lot of pressure off the captain.”

With the project completed on time and on budget, luxury yacht VOLPINI’s new owner was ready for a summer’s sailing in the Mediterranean. AMELS has now completed almost 40 refit projects, including both AMELS and non-AMELS yachts.

New images of recently launched Azimut Grande 95RPH Yacht

July 18, 2014

Italian shipyard, Azimut Yachts, has released the new images of their brand new motor yacht Azimut Grande 95RPH. Launched in Italy’s Viareggio in April 2014, the striking Azimut Grande 95RPH yacht features the sophisticated exterior design by Stefano Righini, while her beautiful interior design is by Studio Salvagni Architetti. The Grande series is the most exclusive among the Azimut Yachts’ five collections, and this new model perfectly highlights the Collection’s elevated technology as well as style standards.

Azimut Grande 95RPH Yacht - External View

Azimut Grande 95RPH Yacht - External View

Azimut Grande 95RPH Yacht - External View

Azimut Grande 95RPH Yacht - External View

Azimut Grande 95RPH Yacht - Garage

Azimut Grande 95RPH Yacht - Garage

Luxury Yacht Azimut Grande 95RPH Flybridge

Luxury Yacht Azimut Grande 95RPH Flybridge

Motor Yacht Azimut Grande 95RPH Flybridge

Motor Yacht Azimut Grande 95RPH Flybridge

Super Yacht Azimut Grande 95RPH Flybridge

Super Yacht Azimut Grande 95RPH Flybridge

Azimut Grande 95RPH yacht - Cockpit

Azimut Grande 95RPH yacht - Cockpit

Azimut Grande 95RPH yacht - salon

Azimut Grande 95RPH yacht - salon

Azimut Grande 95RPH yacht - salon

Azimut Grande 95RPH yacht - salon

Luxury yacht Azimut Grande 95RPH salon

Luxury yacht Azimut Grande 95RPH salon

Azimut Grande 95RPH superyacht - dining and saloon

Azimut Grande 95RPH superyacht - dining and saloon

Azimut Grande 95RPH Yacht - dining

Azimut Grande 95RPH Yacht - dining

Azimut Grande 95RPH yacht - spacious salon

Azimut Grande 95RPH yacht - spacious salon

Azimut Grande 95RPH motoryacht - master cabin

Azimut Grande 95RPH motoryacht - master cabin

Azimut Grande 95RPH yacht - master cabin

Azimut Grande 95RPH yacht - master cabin

Azimut Grande yacht 95RPH - master head

Azimut Grande yacht 95RPH - master head

Azimut Grande 95RPH yacht - VIP cabin

Azimut Grande 95RPH yacht - VIP cabin

Azimut Grande 95RPH yacht - vanity VIP cabin

Azimut Grande 95RPH yacht - vanity VIP cabin

Azimut Grande 95RPH yacht - lobby

Azimut Grande 95RPH yacht - lobby

Azimut Grande 95RPH yacht - guest cabin

Azimut Grande 95RPH yacht - guest cabin

Azimut Grande 95RPH yacht  - pantry

Azimut Grande 95RPH yacht - pantry

Motor Yacht Azimut Grande 95RPH -Galley

Motor Yacht Azimut Grande 95RPH -Galley

Azimut Grande 95RPH RPH super yacht

Azimut Grande 95RPH RPH super yacht

Luxury Yacht Azimut Grande 95RPH - Running

Luxury Yacht Azimut Grande 95RPH - Running

Photos of motor yacht GLAROS, available for Greece yacht vacation

July 15, 2014

Dutch photographer Robert van der Most, based in Paros – a wonderful Greek yacht vacation destination, has kindly sent us a couple of images of the fantastic Maiora motor yacht GLAROS, leaving the island of Paros on 14th July, 2014.  Measuring 39,65 metres (130’) Glaros superyacht is a semi-displacement yacht launched in 2006 by Maiora.

Charter Yacht GLAROS leaving the island of Paros in Greece - Photo taken by Robert van der Most

Charter Yacht GLAROS leaving the island of Paros in Greece - Photo taken by Robert van der Most

Luxury yacht GLAROS is available for unforgettable Greece superyacht charter in the Eastern Mediterranean, with accommodation for up to 12 charter guests in 6 lovely cabins. These include four double cabins and two twin cabins. There are also two pullman bunks available.

Motor Yacht GLAROS - Photo taken by Robert van der Most

Motor Yacht GLAROS - Photo taken by Robert van der Most

She is serviced by a professional and friendly crew of 6. Powered by two MTU diesel engines of 3,750 hp each, Glaros yacht reaches a top speed of 27 knots and cruises comfortably at 24 knots.

Photos of Dykstra-refitted sailing yacht Shamrock V at Argentario Sailing Week 2014

July 11, 2014

From June 19 to 22, the majestic J Class JK3 charter yacht Shamrock V, beautifully refitted by Dykstra Naval Architects, participated in the 2014 Argentario Sailing Week. This popular regatta was hosted by Porto Santo Stefano, a fantastic Mediterranean yacht charter destination, nestled in Italy, and was attended by classic and vintage yachts like Cambria, charter yacht Moonbeam 4, Mariquita, and many more classic beauties. Below are the photos of sailing yacht Shamrock V from her participation in the regatta, shared by Dykstra Naval Architects.

Dykstra-refitted J Class charter yacht Shamrock V - Photo by James Robinson Taylor

Dykstra-refitted J Class charter yacht Shamrock V - Photo by James Robinson Taylor/jrtphoto.com

Luxury yacht Shamrock V hit the water in the early 1930s as the most original J-Class of the three surviving yachts. Shortly after Shamrock V, sailing yacht Velsheda and charter yacht Endeavour were built as the other two surviving J’s. As the first vessel designed to the J-Class Rules, Shamrock V is smaller than the subsequent designs. This is apparent in her overall length, and most noticeably, in her beam, hence righting moment is less and the vessel looks more delicate, classic and refined than either Endeavour or Velsheda. However, level rating can be replaced by a handicap rating to make for an equal playing ground against the other J’s.

Luxury yacht Shamrock V - Photo by James Robinson Taylor

Luxury yacht Shamrock V - Photo by James Robinson Taylor/jrtphoto.com

Luxury yacht Shamrock V at full speed - Photo by James Robinson Taylor

Luxury yacht Shamrock V at full speed - Photo by James Robinson Taylor/jrtphoto.com

THE REFIT

Super yacht Shamrock V has been refitted to become a classic, performance sailing yacht, which can be sailed around the world and can successfully participate in classic yacht regatta’s. Shamrock V is refitted to the highest modern standards, capable of traversing oceans in comfort and safety, all within the boundaries set by the originality, as well as styling requirements. Dykstra Naval Architects have worked on the refit design and naval architecture of Shamrock V.

Crew aboard Shamrock V Yacht - Photo by James Robinson Taylor

Crew aboard Shamrock V Yacht - Photo by James Robinson Taylor/jrtphoto.com

Shamrock V superyacht - Photo by James Robinson Taylor

Shamrock V superyacht - Photo by James Robinson Taylor/jrtphoto.com

The extensive refit of luxury charter yacht Shamrock V improved her ballast ratio, and with the addition of a new rig and sails, performance was dramatically enhanced. She is now expected to give many more years of service as one of yachting’s great queens and as one of just three remaining original J Class yachts from the 1930’s.

Shamrock V Yacht at the 2014 Argentario Sailing Week - Photo by James Robinson Taylor

Shamrock V Yacht at the 2014 Argentario Sailing Week - Photo by James Robinson Taylor/jrtphoto.com

Superyacht Shamrock V - aft view - Photo by James Robinson Taylor

Superyacht Shamrock V - aft view - Photo by James Robinson Taylor/jrtphoto.com